• Lahni Carney

Day 3: Kitchen Drawers and Cabinets

Hello and welcome to Day 3 of Organizing Your Entire Home in 20 Days!

Day 1 and Day 2 were so much fun and I hope you're ready for another day of organizing your home!

For Day 3 we're going to be focusing on your kitchen drawers and cabinets.

The kitchen is one of most sought after rooms to be organized so I'm sure there are a few other areas in your kitchen that you would like to declutter and clear out. For today though, we're only going to be focusing on the drawers and cabinets.

Be sure to check back on Day 4: Kitchen Counter Tops and Day 5: Kitchen Pantry.

The reason we're going to only focus on these two areas today is because this can take some time and energy. I don't want you to become overwhelmed by trying to do it all at once so it's best if we split this room into multiple days.

However, if you would like to do it all in one day, please do! Remember this is all about doing what works best for you.

Start by pulling everything out from the cabinets and drawers. Absolutely everything! All of the bowls, plates, cups, silverware, pots, pans, literally all of it, and set it on your kitchen counters.

When you pull everything out from the space, it makes it easier to see which items belong in your kitchen and which items are just adding to the clutter of your drawers and cabinets.

Don't be nervous to get it all out, the process always looks worse before it gets better! The two following pictures are the "during" pictures of a kitchen transformation that turned out amazing!

Once everything is out of all of the drawers and cabinets start categorizing all of the items into groups together, throwing away any trash as you go .

This means putting all of the bowls together, all of the plates together, all of the pots and pans together, all of the silverware together, and so on until everything is in groups with similar items.

By grouping together like items you'll easily be able to see what you have or maybe what you don't have. You'll also be able to see what you have too much of and can easily be downsized to make room for other items.

Once everything is categorized into groups, the next thing to do is make decisions on all the items. There are only three options for all of the items; you can either keep, donate or trash them.

Items you want to keep are things that your family still uses and that serve a purpose in the kitchen.

These are going to be things like your everyday cups, bowls, plates, silverware and any cooking and baking utensils.

Items that need to be donated are going to be things that your family no longer uses or items that you have an excess number of.

These are things like baby utensils, sippy cups and coffee mugs if you have way more than you actually needed.

Be honest with yourself in this step! Take some time to think about the needs of your family. How many sets of utensils and serving ware does your family really need? How many coffee mugs do you actually use?

Items that are trash or going to be things that you nor anyone else could use, either because they are broken or too worn.

These are going to be items like utensils that are broken, water bottles that have a missing lid, or any other knickknacks that you found in the drawers that you know your family doesn't need and someone else's family wouldn't need either.

If you are having difficulty deciding on what items should be kept or donated, ask yourself questions such as, when was the last time someone in my family used this item? Does this item still serve its original purpose for me? How many of this one item do I have and is more than one really necessary? Would someone else better benefit from having this item than I would?

By asking yourself these questions about items you aren’t sure of, you are opening your mind and being honest with yourself about the needs of your family. Any items that you keep but you don’t need will continue to add to the clutter around your house for no reason.

When you give away these items, you are not only clearing the mess from your house, you are also allowing someone else to use the items that may need them more than you.

Once you have everything grouped together and have decided on the items you are keeping, stop and pause from all of the stuff. Let's just focus on the cabinets and dra